At this point the question really should be which cars is Fiat-Chrysler not trying to put the Hellcat engine in?
Recent spy photos have come to light showing a possible Chrysler 300 SRT. The photos showcase a 300 that features similar tires that were on the early Demon prototypes and seem to show a Chrysler 300 that is being made to handle quite some power. Does this mean that the 300 is the next vehicle to get a Hellcat engine?
It’s doubtful that the 300 is being groomed for such a future. As Autoblog notes, the 300 SRT was discontinued in the United States in 2015. However, it is still being sold in the Middle East and in Australia. That could mean that Chrysler is gearing up an international treat to get more 300 SRTs selling in other regions of the world.
Autoblog continues that Dodge is not a brand on sale in Australia. That could make a Hellcat 300 an option for the Aussies. No clue on if this is something that would stand even a remote chance in the US, but I’m sure importers that would want to get their hands on it would find a way. Until then, maybe the 300 is getting a Hellcat engine.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is enjoying the new year by being the most awarded minivan of the year. It has received 30 honors in 2016 and seems to be poised to continue collecting awards and adulation from the car press and drivers.
Most recently, the new and popular minivan was named by automotive journalists from both the US and Canada as the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. That brings the yearly total of awards for 2017 up to 12.
The Chrysler Pacifica is bringing style back to the minivan segment and is being noticed for it.
“When we first introduced the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica just one year ago, we believed that we had created the perfect formula for today’s busy families,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands for FCA North America after receiving the award for 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. “But it’s the recognition from our customers and respected opinion leaders like the NACTOY jury that helps to reinforce Pacifica’s status in the marketplace as the no-compromises minivan, and highlights what a great job the entire team has done in developing, building and selling the all-new Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid.”
As 2017 continues on and more and more drivers get the chance to take the Pacifica for a drive, the more love it will be getting.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been one of the hottest new vehicles on the market. Considering that vehicle is a minivan is saying a lot. The biggest initial hurdle for the Pacifica seems to be one of the hardest and that is trying to make the minivan cool again. The minivan has long been considered as one of the most boring segments on the market, so can the Pacifica challenge that notion?
Autoweek took the Pacifica for a review drive and seem to have issues with questioning the idea of whether a minivan can be cool. It is the one note they put in their con list. “Minivans still aren’t cool.” That’s it. What about in the Pro column? “More space, comfort and driving fun than you’d ever believe in a minivan.” Guess none of that matter in rating coolness factor.
Thankfully another write steps in to put in the counter-point to that observation on the Pacifica. He remarks on the how delightful it is to drive, how quiet and smooth the drive is. That the Stow ‘n Go system unique to the Pacifica makes it so easy to switch from “school bus to cargo van (or any combination between) in 60 seconds flat, and looks good doing it…”
It’s hard not to think that the idea of a minivan being cool would work if people accepted that if the Pacifica has all the notions of being cool, then it is. It’s so much relaying on the age-old idea that a minivan can never be cool even if it marks off all the correct criteria. Maybe it just needs a Hellcat engine for everyone to finally be convinced.